It’s the first day of a rolling nationwide strike set for this week, and it’s estimated around 320 schools will be closed in the Auckland region.
More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year.
Last-ditch negotiations last week which yielded an improved pay offer from the Ministry of Education was not enough to avert the industrial action, which follows a national strike in August, and the rejection of a second offer last month.
The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), which represents about 30,000 primary teachers and principals, confirmed on Friday that members across the country would go on a week-long rolling strike starting Monday.
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There is no school bell or roll call at Ako, a nature and play-based primary school in Auckland. Parents drop their children off between 9am and 10am and a handful of students start the day with a game of ultimate hide-and-seek.
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